‘Knox Goes Away’ Trailer: Michael Keaton Directs And Stars As A Hitman Suffering From Dementia

Readers of this site know that hitman thrillers are top of my favorite list, and there’s a reason for it. There are so many different stories that can be told from the perspective of a contract killer, and fortunately, the genre has found storytellers willing to make some interesting choices. In the case of Knox Goes Away, the killer in question has a degenerative brain disorder, which makes his quest for redemption more vital than ever.

The film is directed by and stars Michael Keaton, and if you’re surprised, don’t be. Keaton has been director before, but it’s been a while. His directorial debut was 2009’s The Merry Gentleman, and this is his first since then.

In Knox Goes Away, Keaton is joined by Al Pacino, James Marsden, Marcia Gay Harden, Suzy Nakamura, and Joanna Kulig.

Here’s the synopsis: Academy Award nominee Michael Keaton directs and stars in this unpredictable thriller as John Knox, a hitman attempting to make amends before his recently discovered dementia takes over. Aided by a trusted friend (Academy Award® winner Al Pacino) with his own shady past, Knox races against the police — and his own rapidly deteriorating mind — to save his estranged son (James Marsden) from a vengeance-fueled mistake and “cash out” before it’s too late. Also starring Oscar® winners Ray McKinnon and Marcia Gay Harden.

Knox Goes Away opens in theaters on March 15th.

Travis Hopson has been reviewing movies before he even knew there was such a thing. Having grown up on a combination of bad '80s movies, pro wrestling, comic books, and hip-hop, Travis is uniquely positioned to geek out on just about everything under the sun. A vampire who walks during the day and refuses to sleep, Travis is the co-creator and lead writer for Punch Drunk Critics. He is also a contributor to Good Morning Washington, WBAL Morning News, and WETA Around Town. In the five minutes a day he's not working, Travis is also a voice actor, podcaster, and Twitch gamer. Travis is a voting member of the Critics Choice Association (CCA), Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), and Late Night programmer for the Lakefront Film Festival.